Your mom's made it clear. She wants to spend the rest of her life in her home. What does it take to make sure she's able to age at home? You want to make sure she gets to do as she wishes, but you don't want to stress over her safety and well-being. These safety measures are essential.
Medic Alert Systems
If anything happened to your mom within the house or yard, she needs to be able to call for help. Phones in the areas she frequents help here, but a medic alert system is equally important.
If she falls while in her garden, she pushes a button to get help. If she falls in the shower, the pendant or wrist band device is waterproof and allows her to get help in an instant.
Make sure every set of stairs in the house has at least one sturdy rail from top to bottom. These rails need to be secure to a stud rather than the drywall. The rails can be on just one side of the stairs, but if there can be rails on both sides, it helps with balance and feelings of security.
Check the rails periodically to make sure they're still secure. If they seem loose, tighten them as needed or call a contractor to have them replaced.
Non-slip flooring is especially important in the kitchen and bathroom. Check out some of the new vinyl plank floors. Many have ridged surfaces that provide traction. Some brands of vinyl plank flooring are designed to be less slippery if they get wet, which makes them a fantastic addition to a bathroom, laundry area, and entry.
Lighting in some areas will help lower the risk of a fall. If your mom has a deck that she frequently sits on, the lighting out there should prevent shadows, especially where there are steps into the house or down to the yard.
Other areas that need to be well-lit include entryways, garages, sidewalks, and hallways. LED lighting is energy-efficient, which helps lower her bills, and tends to last a lot longer than CFL bulbs.
Senior care helps with age-at-home goals. Caregivers help your mom by assisting her if she needs support while walking. They help cook meals. They drive her to stores and medical offices.
In addition, senior care aides are there for companionship. Your mom can age at home without feeling lonely. Learn more by calling a home care agency.
If you or an aging loved one is considering senior care in Broadview, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare Billings today at 406-839-2390.